I know it's been some time since I published something on ModDB, so I believe it's high time that I make a clear sign that I'm still here.
In a sudden, but not unwelcome stream of crafty ideas, I began to consider the question of partisanship in ancient world and how will it affect internal politics of Roman and Greek realms (cultures where significant, established political factions influenced political life most visibly). Thus I present to you a short discussion of this particular aspect of the mod.
It should not be a surprise that I chose this name to appear the first, since it was the partisanship in the Late Republic that ultimately gave rise to people like Marius, Sulla, Caesar and Augustus. The enmity between Optimates and the Populares is one of the most widely-known themes of Roman history. It is therefore quite reasonable for this rivalry to affect the gameplay as a Roman character.
It should be noted that belonging to one of those factions will not be obligatory. Their influence on the election system will be quite probably very significantly however, so an ambitious Roman could be at some point forced to choose as a side.
How will this work in detail? Well, that still greatly depends on how well I'll be able to implement the elective system in the game (something which may be quite complicated and hard, but as I've been considering it for some time, may actually be successful). What is certain is that personal opinion will be at least one of the most crucial factors determining a chance of a given person to win the elections, and personal opinion will be influenced heavily by partisan status. Optimate electorate will be quite unlikely to vote on a Populares' candidate and vice versa. Fellow faction members' help could also potential sway the outcome of elections in the candidate's favour and so on. Alternatively, someone outside of the factional struggle could win the support of members of both factions, but would be forced to be on his own when it comes to gathering support.
Factional trait effects:
- Optimas - +0.25 prestige per month, +0.25 piety per month, -50 opinion with Populares, +10 opinion with Patricians
- Popularis - +10 vassal opinion, -50 opinion with Optimates, +10 opinion with Plebeians
The Hellenic partisanship is perhaps a little less known than that in Rome, but in its time was just as crucial to the internal politics of poleis.
Given types of governments and styles of leadership practiced all along the Ancient Greek history, I think it would be quite proper to make different factional alliegances shape a Hellenic character's political career in a different way. Some political option or strategy abhorred by one faction could be most enthusiastically implemented by another.
Now, I don't know the full details of this differences, but I'll be surely commenting on them in future. It should be noted however that those kinds of aesthetic additions will not probably make it into the first version (as I've learned by know that you want this mod to be released sooner than later) and will instead be implemented in the updates to follow.
Factional trait effects:
- Autocratist - +1 Martial, +1 Intrigue, -2 Diplomacy, +20 lower class opinion, -20 upper class opinion, -30 opinion with Democrats and Oligarchists
- Democrat - +2 Diplomacy, -2 Intrigue, -30 opinion with Autocratists and Oligarchists
- Oligarchist - -2 Martial, +2 Stewardship, +20 upper class opinion, -20 lower class opinion, -30 opinion with Autocratists and Democrats
If you have any questions or suggestions for me, I'm open to answering them.
Unrelatedly, I'd like to apologize for kind of neglecting ModDB community. Ever since Charlemagne patch I've been experiencing serious technical issues which made working on the mod significantly harder and so I can't give you teasers as often as I did earlier. Still, be patient and with a little luck, I'll finish the damn map. With such significant project complete, we'll be one enormous step closer to releasing the mod and I promise, I will not hesitate to show you the new map as soon as it's finished.